Girls Track Wins Sectionals As Zalewski, Lewis Shine For Boys


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The Verona High School girls winter track team won the North 2 Group 1 Sectionals in Toms River on Saturday and there were first-place finishes by Gwendolyn Neale, Anthony Lewis and Ian Zalewski. Thirty-eight high school teams competed in the event.

Anthony Lewis took first in high jump at at the N2G1 Sectionals, while Ian Zalewski became the Sectionals champ at the 1600m distance, and took second and third in two other events.

Neale, who is a freshman, took first in the 800m run with a time of 2:31.81, easily outpacing her next closest competitor, a North Arlington senior who finished in 2:35.91. Anthony Lewis took first in high jump at 5-08.00, leading a strong field that all topped 5 feet. Zalewski is the Sectionals champ at the 1600m distance, with a time of 4:33.00. He missed being the champ in the 800m by just one second, and also took third in the 3200m with a time of 10:27.36.

Gwen Neale on her way to a first-place finish in the 800m.

Under the Sectionals rules, the top six in each event move on to the state Group championship, which will be held this coming Saturday. Here’s who’s going from Verona and their finishing place, times, height or distance:

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55m: Sarah Knoetig, 3rd, 7.74 and Maile O’Neill, 4th, 7.75
400m: Gwen Neale, 2nd, 1:03.11 and Sarah Knoetig, 3rd, 1:03.37
800m: Gwen Neale, 1st, 2:31.81 and Eleanor Battersby, 6th, 2:44.49
1600m: Eleanor Battersby, 3rd, 5:51.88
3200m: Fernanda Webster, 4th, 13.16.16
4x400m Relay, (Sarah Knoetig, Lucia Grant, Victoria Niziolek, Gwen Neale), 2nd, 4:29.09
Pole vault: Georgeanne Valera, 2nd, 8-00.00 and Marguerite Valera, 3rd, 8-00.00
High jump: Cara Ann DeMars, 6th, 4-06.00
Shot put: Danielle Imbriano, 4th, 27-08.25

Danielle Imbriano is headed to Groups after making a shot put throw of 27-08.25.

55m: Anthony Lewis, 6th, 7.03
800m: Ian Zalewski, 2nd, 2:07.65
1600m: Ian Zalewski, 1st, 4:33.00
3200m: Ian Zalewski, 3rd, 10:27.36
High jump: Anthony Lewis, 1st, 5-08.00 and Jack DeMars, 6th, 5-02.00

Victoria Niziolek was part of the 4x400m relay team that took second place in Sectionals. Sarah Knoetig, Lucia Grant and Gwen Neale ran other legs of the 4:29.09 finish.

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